- $17 million available to support applied research and development activities
Western Australian grower groups and producer organisations have the opportunity to apply for up to $500,000 to help capture new agricultural export opportunities and build on research and development activities.
Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston encouraged interested parties to submit an expression of interest to obtain a grant from the Grower Group Research and Development Grants program.
Mr Baston said $17 million would be available over two rounds to support applied research and development activities across the agricultural sector and throughout the State.
"The first funding round, which has $7 million available, is now open for grants of between $20,000 and $500,000," he said.
"The rest of the funds will be available in the second round in 2016. The grants are designed to assist recipients to grow and develop so that they are in a strong position to pursue high value export markets.
"The money can be for a range of improvements, from streamlining supply chain linkages, to value-adding or developing new products, to attracting capital investment or enhancing farm productivity."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the grants program was part of the four-year Agricultural Sciences Research and Development Fund, made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.
"Grower and producer groups are some of regional WA's key businesses and these grants will support them to undertake further research and development," Mr Redman said.
"Through the $300 million Seizing the Opportunity in Agriculture initiative, Royalties for Regions is investing in long-term growth strategies to transform Western Australia's agriculture and food sector."
- The Agricultural Sciences Research and Development Fund is one of 15 significant programs under the $300m Seizing the Opportunity in Agriculture initiative
- The deadline for expressions of interest to obtain a Grower Group Research and Development Grant is December 2, 2015. For further information, visit http://www.agric.wa.gov.au and search for 'Royalties for Regions'
- For more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions
Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 5400
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700